Hill And Murray Poised To Strike In SA Oaks

RUGBY league great Terry Hill and trainer Troy Murray go into Thursday's heats of the SA Oaks and Derby with littermates they believe are up to the task.

David Brasch

8 September 2021

RUGBY league great Terry Hill and his star trainer Troy Murray head into Thursday night’s heats of the Group 3 South Australian Oaks and Derby (530m) with littermates they believe are right up to the task.

She’s A Hotshot has drawn box four in her heat of the Oaks and comes to town with a record of four starts for three sensational wins and wraps on her to say she is “something special”.

Her litter brother, Came And Went (Barcia Bale-Hillary), comes out of box four in his Derby heat and he is a last start Angle Park winner in 30.70 with a career of 16 starts for six wins and nine placings.

“Troy is pretty hot on She’s A Hotshot,” Hill said.

“She has had a few little injuries to date which have held up her racing, but she slipped box to box at Angle Park the other day and Troy said she was airborne.”

The littermates will not turn two until Boxing Day this year.

“They also have a brother called Basman which won a $10,000 race at Gawler the other day, but he is not in their class,” Hill added.

FIELDS AND FORM ANGLE PARK THURSDAY

Of She’s A Hotshot, Hill said the bitch broke in exceptionally and at her first slip on the Gawler track at 16 months she went faster than Group 1 Adelaide Cup winner Golden Night (her three-quarter brother) and Group star Major Major.

Major Major winning last year’s SA Derby

“We have high hopes for her,” Hill said. “Troy is confident she will race well in the heat but is certain she will improve out of sight with her first 530 metre race.

“She has a lot of early pace which will help her on Thursday night.”

Of Came And Went, Hill said Murray expects the dog to get down to 30.50 Thursday night.

“He is another who has improved out of sight with some racing and he can only get better,” he added.

“Remember, they will not turn two until the end of the year and Golden Night and his littermates out of the mother’s first litter got better and better as they got older.

“Came And Went is a reliable beginner as well.”